Fascist Modernities Italy, 1922-1945

ISBN-10: 0520242165
ISBN-13: 9780520242166
Edition: 2004
Authors: Ruth Ben-Ghiat
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Description: Ruth Ben-Ghiat's innovative cultural history of Mussolini's dictatorship is a provocative discussion of the meanings of modernity in interwar Italy. Eloquent, pathbreaking, and deft in its use of a broad range of materials, this work argues that  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 327
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Ruth Ben-Ghiat's innovative cultural history of Mussolini's dictatorship is a provocative discussion of the meanings of modernity in interwar Italy. Eloquent, pathbreaking, and deft in its use of a broad range of materials, this work argues that fascism appealed to many Italian intellectuals as a new model of modernity that would resolve the contemporary European crisis as well as long-standing problems of the national past. Ben-Ghiat shows that--at a time of fears over the erosion of national and social identities--Mussolini presented fascism as a movement that would allow economic development without harm to social boundaries and national traditions. She demonstrates that although the regime largely failed in its attempts to remake Italians as paragons of a distinctly fascist model of mass society, twenty years of fascism did alter the landscape of Italian cultural life. Among younger intellectuals in particular, the dictatorship left a legacy of practices and attitudes that often continued under different political rubrics after 1945.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Toward a Fascist Culture
Politics and Patronage in Italian Fascist Culture
Generational Politics and Fascist Aesthetics
Anxieties of Influence
In Search of Modernity: Italians Abroad, 1929-34
Narrating the Nation
Toward a New Italian Literature
Critics and the Construction of Literary Identity
The Realist Novel and the Search for Moral Change
Fascist Literature and the Fiction of the Unpolitical
The Ethnic as National: Alvaro's Alternative
Envisioning Modernity
Style and Identity: Creating the National Film
Blasetti, Camerini, Matarazzo: Three Visions of a Different Modernity
The Development of Fascist Film Policy, 1933-35
Class Dismissed: Fascism's Politics of Youth
Toward a Fascist Modernity: Three Voices for Change
The Discipline of Revolution
Conquest and Collaboration
Fascist Modernity and Colonial Conquest
Between Expansion and Autarchy: Italian Culture in the Axis Years
Aryans and Others: The Fascist War against the Jews
Politics and Identity in Fascist Youth Culture, 1936-39
The Wars of Fascism
A Culture of War, 1940-43
Generations at War
Other Italies, Other Modernities
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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